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Conrad Veidt is a mysterious stranger who moves into an English boarding house.
This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films
Director: Berthold Viertel
Production Company: Gaumont British Picture Corporation
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: Conrad Veidt; Gaumont British Picture Corporation
Creative Commons license: Attribution 3.0
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Subject: Herr Veidt
I've always admired Conrad Veidt, from his silent work on, but I wanted to see this film for the longest time because my father played the role as a high school student in 1923.
Basically a simple morality play, but Veidt's acting is worth the viewing. I read the 1902 play by Jerome K. Jerome (interesting name) last year, and the film is fairly faithful to it.
Dr Feel Rotten -
Subject: Good movie
Some might think of the stranger as a visit from Christ, but he was more a aggregation of all figures throughout history who represent goodness. He showed for the girl at her time of need then when the evil was resolved he moved on. Really a classic take of good vs evil, a timeless story told many times in so many formats.
Edit: I agree with the post above (below now) mine.. In fact I added this movie to my 'movie of the month' file on my site, I think that highly of it..It was done so well and every actor was superb in this and in it none of the residents are truly innocent.. Even the young girl has her own plot to get by even though hers is purely survival driven. The rest are driven by their own selfish motives until the stranger shows them their errors in their self righteous ways. How often do we see the exact same behavior today?
Rainy Tuesday at thte Movies -
Subject: A Lost Gem
Well, I suppose it really wasn't really lost, it's just that I'd never heard of it before. A find like this is what movie lovers live for. Conrad Veidt brings to the screen the kind of old world gallantry and good manners that are sorley lacking these days. What greater compliment can you give an actor than to say he is completely effective and believable as a nasty Nazi (Casablanca, All Through the Night, etc.), and just as convincing playing the Christ-like 'wanderer' in this film. You want to believe in him, you want to believe in his goodness, and he certainly does not let you down. A great actor, a fine film---watch it now!
Subject: worth a (re)view
An utterly charming and effective little movie; the kind I wish were still being made...
Subject: Passing by
Excellent Enjoyed this very different story. The human nature in this story continues to today. When the last renter arrived; I knew this story was different. May we all get a chance to meet such a renter as He.
Subject: Very engaging movie
I really liked this one. It isn't "exactly" what I'd call interesting, but it is very engaging and very entertaining if you like character studies on the nastiness of being human.
It's a thoughtful movie and it really drew me in.
Good acting, original story-line. I'll say it again: I really liked this one.